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Counter-Terrorism Law and Practice: An International Handbook

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Unformatted text preview: Document prepared by the Secretariat Counter-Terrorism Task Force GMT@coe.int - Fax +33 (0)3 90 21 51 31 - http://www.coe.int/gmt Strasbourg, 01/10/07 CODEXTER (2007) 24 Anglais seulement COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON TERRORISM (CODEXTER) 13th meeting Strasbourg, 17-19 October 2007 INFORMATION CONCERNING WORK CARRIED OUT IN OTHER INTERNATIONAL FORA: UNITED NATIONS Symposium on Advancing the Implementation of the United Nations Global Counter- Terrorism Strategy (Vienna, 17-18 May 2007) (N.B. excerpt of the Symposium publication, document V.07-85692—September 2007) UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME Vienna UNITED NATIONS New York, 2007 Symposium on Advancing the Implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy held at the Vienna International Centre Austria 17-18 May 2007 Foreword by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General United Nations Terrorism is one of the gravest threats to international peace and security that we face in this century. No nation can consider itself immune from its dangers, and no society can remain disengaged from efforts to combat it. The General Assembly’s adoption last year of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was a breakthrough in international initiatives to address this menace. The Strategy represents an unprecedented consensus on a basic framework for collective action; for the very first time, all United Nations Member States agreed on a set of concrete measures to prevent and combat terrorism. We are now tasked with translating these commitments into action. Member States need to expeditiously pursue all aspects of the Strategy. As they do so, the United Nations stands ready to offer its assistance. I urge Governments to take full advantage of the counter-terrorism resources and expertise available to them through the United Nations system. The Strategy and its implementation need to be widely publicised and promoted. The Symposium on Advancing the Implementation of the United Nations Global Counter- Terrorism Strategy, held in Vienna on 17-18 May 2007, made an important contribution to this effort. I thank the Government of Austria for initiating and hosting the Symposium, together with my Executive Office, which chairs the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, and with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The publication of the Symposium’s proceedings will help to advance the discourse, and enable its insights to be shared among a broad range of individuals, institutions and Governments. The range of views contained in this document, as well as the richness of the discussion, can help build momentum towards transforming the Strategy into concrete results on the ground....
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